Like many artists, Common’s current resume is filled with titles, most of them ranking higher than rapper, until he does something bad and the news labels him as one. Just like how singers become “rappers” once they throw bottles in the club or wind up on the police blotter. But, that’s another entry for another day.
Here Petey Wheatstraw from the South Side of Chicago shows that he’s a MC first and still has what it takes by kicking a true freestyle live on Sway In The Morning. The short clip’s worth the watch because from the opening “yes, yes…check, check” we’re treated to an artist spit on the spot and off the dome, a rarity in these days of ‘I wrote this on my mobile phone’ raps.